OUR TEAM

Founded in 2010, Azimuth Grants is a certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) with offices in Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, and team members across the globe.

 

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LEADERSHIP

David Crowder

Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Georgia

Community Involvement

  • Pramana, Board Member
  • Ellipsis, Fireblade (formerly SiteBlackBox), Advisory Board Member

David is an expert in technology and operations who is uniquely positioned to quickly assist companies facing the many challenges associated with accelerated periods of growth. He attributes much of his success to his first corporate position, becoming the director of operations of Uno Restaurant Corporation at the age of 24.

Realizing the long-term opportunities available in tech, David studied and pursued the industry, establishing a name for himself by helping businesses scale successfully.

David is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia where he most recently co-founded GET Valet, a tech firm revolutionizing the parking industry.

Jessica Taylor

Founder and Chief Vision Officer
Alabama

Education

  • Jacksonville State University, BA
  • Jacksonville State University, MPA
  • Jones School of Law, JD

Community Involvement

  • Samaritan Counseling Center, Board President
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Sis (15 years)
  • Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Board Member
  • First United Methodist Church of Prattville, Member

Jessica is a native of Calhoun County, Alabama. She got her start writing and managing grants while working in the Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. During her time there, she managed several statewide initiatives including Alabama Communities for Education, a high school dropout prevention program, and the Alabama Strengthening Communities Project, which was recognized nationally for best practices in grant management. Jessica lives in Alabama with her three children.

Amanda LeMay

VP of Finance
Tennessee

Education

  • University of Alabama, BS Corporate Finance
  • University of Alabama, MA Finance
  • University of Alabama, MBA International Business

Amanda has worked in the corporate world for FedEx and First Horizon Bank for a combined 20 years specializing in corporate financial analysis and large initiative forecasting. After living in Amsterdam, Netherlands, she retired from the public sector and spent time volunteering for committees in education and becoming an ordained Deacon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

Yona Mahilum

Manager of Operations
Philippines

Education

  • Holy Trinity University, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management

Yona was raised in the tropical islands of Palawan, in the Philippines, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She was involved with government work and became an administrative officer for the Community Enhancement and Livelihood Project (CELP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan, promoting and implementing a community-based approach in the rehabilitation of former drug-dependent individuals. While working, she also helped undergraduate students with mentorship services for theses and feasibility studies writing.

GRANT CONSULTANTS

Elizabeth Aerts

New Jersey

Education

  • MBA, Rutgers University Graduate School of Management
  • BS, DeVry Institute of Technology

Work Experience

  • 25 years of SBIR DoD cost accounting and cost administration experience

David O'Connor

Texas

Education

  • Aviation Technology, LeTourneua University
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential, CFRE International

Work Experience

  • 25 years of career with an international aid organization, using hospital ships to reach underserved nations

Mara Bandt-Law

Colorado

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

Work Experience

  • 2 years as a grant writer and researcher for Florence Crittenton Services
  • 3 years as Grant Writer and Consultant for One Good Turn

Kristen Rivas

Nevada

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University, MS Ed
  • University of Nevada, Reno, BS

Work Experience

  • 23 years of experience as a grant writer, grant manager, and program evaluator/researcher designing and conducting program evaluations

Kate Van Daele

Minnesota

Education

  • B.A., Political Science/Leadership, Wartburg College

Work Experience

  • 21 years of grant writing experience focusing on community systems, core success structures, and service gaps

Candace Crisman

Illinois

Education

  • B.A. Directing Theater,University of Vermont
  • Completed 3-year MFA program in Theater Direction, DePaul University

Work Experience

  • 20 years of experience as a nonprofit capacity builder and fundraiser

April Shaffner

Tennessee

Education

  • Ph.D. Theology, Covenant Bible College and Seminary
  • M.A. Education, East TN State University

Work Experience

  •  7 years of experience with state and federal nonprofit grant writing and administration
  • Over $400,000 successful grants awarded within 2019-2020
  • Currently managing a $1,009,459.00, National Dislocated Worker Grant from the United States Department of Labor (DOL)

Dr. Tiffany North

Florida

Education

  • PhD Educational Leadership with Global perspective- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • MEd Special Education- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • MPS Health Care Administration- Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • BA, Psychology – Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida

Work Experience

  • 20 years of experience in the field of Special Education working with institutions and personnel in both K-12 and University levels

Catherine Chapman

Kentucky

Education

  • Masters in Philanthropic Studies with Nonprofit Management Certificate, The School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
  • B.A., German and European Studies, Vanderbilt University

Work Experience

  • 20 years of experience in grant writing for the non-profit sector

Aaron Fumarola

New York

Education

  • SUNY Binghamton, BA in Political Science and Philosophy
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, MPA in Environmental Policy

Work Experience

  • 10 years specializing in grant research and writing

Loretta Stewart

Kentucky

Education

  • Post Graduate work: University of Kentucky, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. program
  • M.A. Sociology, Morehead State University
  • B.S. Biology and Sociology Morehead State University

Work Experience

  • 20 years of experience in grant writing and research for Community Mental Health Centers, Universities, schools, and countless non-profit organizations

Judy Barkus

Pennsylvania

Work Experience

  • 30 years of experience in building, maintaining and reinventing mission-driven organization

Sharon Collins

California

Education

  • B.A. Political Science, University of Houston

Work Experience

  • 15 years of experience in grant writing and research

Alicia Kuranda

Illinois

Education

  • M.F.A. New School for Social Research, Saint Bonaventure University
  • B.A. Journalism, Saint Bonaventure University
  • B.A. World Literature, Saint Bonaventure University

Work Experience

  • 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, grant proposal writing, grants administration, and nonprofit consulting

Susan Meehan

South Carolina

Education

  • B.S., Health Education, University of Maryland
  • B.A., Psychology, Millersville University

Work Experience

  • 20 years of experience in nonprofit program development, project management, and evaluation

ADMINISTRATION

Craig Renfro

Business Development
Texas

Education

  • BS Journalism, Texas A&M University

Work Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief, CEO, & Owner of Game Time Media, LLC

Kath Villaos

Brand Manager
Philippines

Education

  • Bookkeeping NCIII, Puerto Princesa School of Arts and Trades
  • Visual Graphic Design NCIII, AMA Computer Learning Center

Work Experience

  • 6 years of experience in graphic design, social media management and digital arts
  • 3 years of experience as a media specialist for the government sector

Neri Maggay

Brand Assistant
Philippines

Education

  • AB Journalism, University of Santo Tomas

 

Work Experience

  • 1 year experience in Business Development and Admin relations
  • Experience in Public Relations Writing

Romar Miranda

Procurement Team
Philippines

Education

  • Student, Juris Doctor, Palawan State University School of Law
  • Diploma in Business Communications, Ateneo de Manila University Professional School
  • BS Biology, Palawan State University

Work Experience

  • Experience in Paralegal services for procurement and bidding of certain independent local companies
  • Journalist for a national newspapers covering political, tourism, and environment

Kaye Anne Beguina

Procurement Team
Philippines

Education

  • MBA, Holy Trinity University
  • BS Hotel and Restaurant Management, Holy Trinity University

Work Experience

  • 6 years in management and customer care